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Brandon Harlow

Sous Chef

Brandon is a Northern Virginia native. Born in Fairfax County, VA he and his family later moved to Loudoun County. Brandon graduated from Potomac Falls High School in Sterling. His upbringing has always involved food. His maternal family owned a small restaurant in Vienna, VA. A gluttony of ethnic foods were the norm at family gatherings. Brandon’s paternal family, well, they just love to eat!

After high school, Brandon explored occupational trade. He joined Roots 657 in 2016 before the café opened to the public in 2017. His initial job was dishwasher, then promoted to Head Steward coordinating the activities of the back kitchen staff. Brandon gained applicable skills learning from Roots’ culinary experts. Chef Rich recognized Brandon’s hard work and dedication to the craft. With Chef’s mentorship and guidance Brandon has flourished into the role of Sous Chef.

Brandon continues to support Chef Rich with special events. His trip with Chef to the Ocean Reef Club event in Key Largo, FL remains a culinary experience. Brandon actively participates in other special catering events to include: international hotel executive-hosted annual holiday party; a private country club’s employee celebration; and Chef Rich’s onsite mastery culinary classes. When not interacting with customers and staff members at Roots, Brandon enjoys gaming, fishing, and armory. He is a great conversationalist, and appreciates quality time with friends and family.